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Old 10-30-2013, 12:03 PM   #29
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As you know Del, I wouldn't use it if it ate more power than I could easily spare from solar. This one uses 220mA continuously, or about 63 watts a day. Something like this works well on steel, although you may not get full coverage with one unit due to the size of Chiara Stella; a single unit is adequate for yachts up to 10 metres, two units are recommended for up to 14 metres. A single unit would still keep the crud off your running gear anyhow, which is the hardest to clean.

I verified tonight that it was operating, since I ran the wiring up the same conduit as the HF antenna and could hear a series of chirps on the radio. Easy enough to turn it off if I want to ham it up, and of course it would be switched off anyway while actually travelling.

I suddenly realized tonight that a nicely made 6-way timber drinks rack that came with the yacht hasn't been seen since last time I was here. I fear it must have been "half-inched" when it was sitting inside the pilothouse back earlier in the year. Hmmm, well I never could quite decide where to put it anyhow. :-)

Helm rebuild has been put on hold while I assess some necessary work on the diesel tank mountings, which have rusted out. No point doing timber work first if that makes it impossible to get inside to do the tank.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #30
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By the way, if anyone is interested in the Jaycar unit but doesn't have the skills to build it from a bag of electronic components I'd be willing to assemble, test and ship them from Sydney. Cost of the kit to me is $260.50 + 4 hrs work so probably AU$400 plus shipping to wherever you are would be fair.

You will the simply need to glue a plastic mount to the yacht with J-B Weld (supplied), screw the control box to a convenient spot and wire two leads to the 12V power. Full instructions included and the unit has an inbuilt fuse.

Please note that I am a retired professional electronics technician with 40 years' experience in such things, so the job will be done right.

One unit is suitable for aluminium, solid f'glass and steel yachts up to 10 metres. Testing on an alternative for timber, glass sandwich and ferro is in progress.
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:55 AM   #31
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Weirdest weather I've ever seen here in Sydney, it's hot but foggy. Foggy! Like the cloud cover is at ground level.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:55 AM   #32
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Finished repairing the top of the superstructure, which had deteriorated due to the one-part filler used back in the first month. I painted over the holes with epoxy resin then filled with body filler, all two-part products. New paint completed today and she's looking quite nice again up top.

The gales continue, which will give me yet another excuse to defer the engine change and go to NZ with Del. :-) Oh, and I must be suffering old timer's disease, the timber drinks rack was gifted to Del back in March. I remembered seeing it last month when I was in Newcastle, looks great in his galley.

Hopefully I can finish the hull repairs by the end of this week and call in an inspection from NSW Maritime.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:10 PM   #33
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Finished the day yesterday by rewiring the stern light, which has never worked due to an open circuit. Three wires exited the electrical cupboard through a grommet and the loom, covered in the usual electrical tape, snaked its way around the inside of the helm cavity and up through a hole in the deck and finally got to the lamp via the stainless steel pushpit tubing. It had been sealed with rubber compound at top and bottom - making extraction difficult - so I pulled the red and blue wires out, intending to use the black as a draw wire to pull the new ones through.

Well, guess which one was open circuit? Yep, the black one. No sooner had I given the first tug but 6" of wire came out, leaving me no way to continue. The only way to get a new draw wire through would have been before the stainless tubing was welded.

Instead I ran the new wires through the flexible conduit that carries everything else, which was quite a squeeze since it was almost at capacity. The resultant cable run was half the distance and the job came out pretty well, except for about 300mm of visible wiring that needed to be cable tied to the tubing.

Today I need to replenish water supplies (tank emptied this morning) and get a shower, after which I may start on removing the remaining bog in the starboard hull if it isn't too choppy.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:15 AM   #34
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Fifty litres of water acquired, had a cold shower at the council facilities near the swimming area and dug into the filler problem today. The photo below shows the bog removed and Angels' Piss (aka Altex 577) applied, ready for cement when it dries tomorrow. Another productive day closes.

Oh yeah, and that's the new boom cover - it's a little short but it does the job.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:22 AM   #35
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Woke today feeling a little secondhand, maybe I overdid the chores yesterday. Nevertheless I didn't succumb to Melbourne Cup fever and instead managed to do my cementing as planned. There's little bit under the waterline that will need to be done with two minute hydraulic cement, otherwise it's all over bar the painting.

1. Port side deck near pilothouse
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #36
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Huge day today. HUGE.

Finished painting the rear deck, the starboard side over the new cement and the transom where some small cement patches had been made. Then started scraping old paint off the side decks ready to paint those.

After lunch I decided I'd had quite enough sunshine so took on the wiring to the navigation lights, one area I didn't change last year and which, you guessed it, has now failed. The usual bundle of plastic covered, taped wiring was unwound and then I remembered that I hadn't finished the wiring to a sub-board in the cupboard before that. So that got done first, including running seven new wires and soldering various connections to the switchboard that had been joined temporarily with screw terminals.

Right now my sleeping quarters are a maze of wiring, bits of timber removed from walls, plastic tubing and tools. One bonus though, I discovered a fluoro in the sail cupboard that I didn't know existed. It only needed a 9W tube and "hey presto" up she came.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:31 AM   #37
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Taking it easy today. Showered and got another 50 litres of water, so the tank and five 10L canisters are all full. On the way back I detoured and introduced myself to the young guy who owns a 32' ketch nearby, nice chap indeed.

Then did a run to the post office and collected my new 6' x 4' canvas tarp, which replaces the plastic tarp that got shredded in the 6 months I was away. Finally a trip through the supermarket to restock the shelves. Tomatoes, cheese, cold fruit juice, bacon and eggs especially welcome ... yum!

Might see if I can contact the crane barge guy this afternoon to see what's going on there.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #38
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I've started on the side decks, which have thick layers of paint going back 35 years adhered to them. It would be impossible to remove all of it but with assistance from the cutting blade on my Ryobi Multitool the greater bulk of it has been shifted.

The trouble with the old paint is that it's lifting and curling at breaks caused by constant sunshine. I'm using the basic renovation standard of removing anything loose and flaking, then sweeping the resultant junk up and throwing paint at it. So far I'm impressed with the change:
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:49 AM   #39
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Side decks finished, now working on the foredeck. I called in an early inspection so that I could join Del and Chiara Stella on the first leg of his big adventure. The BSO (boat safety officer) Shane has just been here and declared that it was looking "much better" which should be unsurprising given the amount of work I've done to improve the general appearance.

So, after 12 months of doing nothing but fixing boats I actually get to do some blue water sailing. Looking forward to that immensely.
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Hi Haiqu, Ive been following your progress for quite a while now & feel I must commend you for your ongoing patience with the work ahead of you.
You have, on more than one occassion, had to redo areas of your vessel(s). This is the bain of any man, yet you just accept it and get on with it. I wonder how many of the "classic" class of boats & yachts would still be on (top of) the waters if their owners had stuck with the task as you have.
My hat goes off to you & I hope to catch up with you at some time to check out your handy work & buy you a coldie or 3 for your persistance.
In the mean time I'll continue to follow your progress on this thread. Thanx Haiqu.
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Ooh, look ... a lurker!

Thanks Bruce, nice that you noticed. I guess if we just keep an eye on the goal, no amount of setbacks will damp the enthusiasm. One of the issues has been my lack of what's really needed in a marine environment, so the learning curve has been steep and a little expensive. However it has the advantage of being educational to others, and also an interesting challenge for me. I'm sure that my appreciation of the end result will be worth it in the long run, being able to proudly say "I did it myself."

There's also an underlying theme here. I regard the ferro as the sort-of underdog of the yachting world. They're pretty unloved by many people, and often present in awful condition due to years of abuse/misuse/poor repairs. OTOH they're cheap and relatively plentiful, and you really have to respect the poor sod who spent five years of his life building them in the first place. So in a way they suit me, as the underdog both financially and socially.

Hope you have a dream to sail one day, and if you do keep an eye out for ferros. They're the best bang for the buck, hands down. And yeah, if we do meet a beer is definitely on the cards.

Cheers!

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Foredeck scraped and painted, waiting for small cement patches to dry before patching the paintwork. That chain locker cover will need to be replaced, and there's still some cement work needed on the edging:
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